Can I eat as many Sweet Potatoes as I like?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 29, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Hi guys,

I am following an ultra strict version of the auto-immune protocol to try and heal an auto-immune disease. Just meat, fish, a few select well-cooked vegetables, sweet potatoes and green leaves. I also try to encorperate bone broth and some good fats like olive and egg yolks.

I have lost a shed load of weight since starting the Paleo diet, 16 kilos! and I wnat to put it back on. The only way I could see myself doing this is by eating a couple of sweet potatoes with every meal but people constantly say 'ONLY EAT THEM POST WORK OUT!'

I have also read that carbs feed the bad bacteria in your gut, according to the SCD diet. Is this view shared by the Paleo community and if not can I therefore indulge in as many sweet potatoes as I like at any time of day? As I am trying to put on weight?

Thanks a lot



on January 31, 2013
at 12:48 PM

Thanks for all the answers guys, I'll certainly take all your advice on-board. I've actually found that eating lean protein, a chicken breast for example, makes me feel more satiated, so maybe I can cut down slightly on the sweet potatoes. Perhaps one with just two of my daily meals.



on January 29, 2013
at 05:40 PM

..oh and that being said, just increase your calories generally- it doesn't all have to come from starch/sweet potatoes.



on January 29, 2013
at 05:36 PM

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on January 29, 2013
at 04:55 PM

but people constantly say 'ONLY EAT THEM POST WORK OUT!'

People do say this. Many people are trying to lose weight, and it is somewhat wise to refuel with dense carbs as opposed to eating them willy nilly. The idea being that you would primarily be refueling glycogen after a workout, or in the evenings. I wouldn't worry about this all too much -- especially in your case.

Fibrous, starchy, and plain old sugary carbohydrates do feed the bad bacteria in your gut. But they also feed the good bacteria in your gut. If you don't have intestinal bloating after eating sweet potatoes, then "the bad bacteria aren't being overfed", so to speak.


on January 30, 2013
at 12:18 AM

I don't know the answer to your question because everyone is different. If you are going to attempt this, I recommend eating a variety of different types of sweet potatoes.




on January 29, 2013
at 05:03 PM

You don't want to eat too much of anything if you have an Autoimmune Disease. I over did it with potatoes & sweet potatoes and now I can't eat them anymore without severe stomach pains.



on January 29, 2013
at 04:56 PM

Congratulations on your health!

You should check out carb back loading by John Kiefer. It sounds like you probably can eat sweet potatoes most days, just do it later in the day for dinner. Apparently if you eat a low protein, low fat dinner of veggies and sweet potatoes, you might see a significant increase in muscle mass.

Good luck!

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